It's truly sickening, and despite my having written on this Forum ad nauseam about the jiggery pokery which I SUSPECTED - obviously I'm not a journalist with camera men and so on - the method of supporting election campaigns was always something I suspected and even wrote..and got a lot of stick about libel and so on. And there it all was on the screen. Thank you Andrew Gilligan for confirming my suspicions. But all in all it's a sad comment on the unlimited corruption of the developers.
They've hired Carter-Ruck solicitors who have warned the media not to repeat the allegations... a google search suggests newspapers have pulled all mentions of this programme off the web except the Financial Times....
Carter-Ruck is a firm familiar to any readers of Private Eye magazine. I hope Private Eye will be covering this story if there is substance to any of Gilligan's assertions and implications.
I did not see the programme, but noted in a report about it that there was no suggestion in it that St George management were actually aware of the rigging of 'support' from local residents for their scheme - and please don't interpret that remark as me defending such tactics...!
Methinks the developers do protest too much...the fact that they've got the wind up and hired solicitors so quickly leads one to think that they're feeling they've been rumbled. Never mind the report I read that they're being hauled over the coals for sneaking about 20% more flats into Imperial Wharf than they were actually given permission for (Mira Bar Hillel in the Evening Standard some weeks ago). Honestly....I'm not surprised, yet I'm surprised if you know what I mean..
Be grateful the planning situation isn't as bad as China as I've just seen it on Channel 4 news- whole villages bulldozed for shopping malls, car lots, no questions asked. If the residents protest that their community will be destroyed and that they will have no way to earn a livelihood anymore then busloads are heavies are sent round to (literally) crack heads. Nasty.